Drug Policy Reform

June 11, 2009

LEAP’s Dispatches from the Front Line… June 2009

Filed under: News and politics — kmkprophet @ 5:51 pm

June 2009

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Enforcement Against Prohibition’s first-ever ad campaign kicked off
with a billboard in Omaha, Nebraska last July, and on June 4, 2009 our
second billboard was unveiled in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

The billboard reads "Drug Abuse is Bad.  The Drug War is Worse."
and will travel around Oklahoma City for the next year.  With this
effort, LEAP aims to call to attention the urgent need for a more
ethical and effective drug policy. 

Below are just a few of the issues our speakers addressed in May.  We hope you’ll share "Dispatches from the Front Line…" with a friend.

-LEAP Staff     

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Legalize and Regulate Drug Use

I
am a police officer who supports incremental change toward the
legalization and regulation of all drugs. This includes marijuana,
heroin, cocaine and other substances. I do not condone drug abuse, nor
breaking the law. But some laws are counterproductive and in this
respect it is time for an honest discussion about Canada’s drug laws.

Drug prohibition is an important domestic and foreign policy issue
because its effects are so varied and far-reaching. For example,
international forces are spending enormous sums of money to destroy the
poppy fields of Afghani farmers. Yet destroying some fields only serves
to increase the black market value of the remaining crops. This
increases the domestic price of heroin, resulting in addicts who break
into our cars and homes in order to pay for the exorbitant costs of
their daily fix.

Click here to continue reading David Bratzer’s Toronto Star opinion piece.

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"That’s What Real Policemen Do; They Stand Up for Each Other."

Thus spake, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer,
a city cop who joined other police officers and DEA agents in a packed
federal courtroom last week. All those badges flashed in support of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Lee Lucas who is facing an 18-count indictment.

Continue reading Norm Stamper’s Huffington Post Blog here.

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New Drug Czar Trips Over His Tongue

When I read the article about the new drug czar "ending the war on drugs" the excitement over the headline quickly turned to a concern that Mr. Kerlikowske was playing semantics. The headline: White House Czar Calls for End to ‘War on Drugs’:
Kerlikowske Says Analogy Is Counterproductive; Shift Aligns With
Administration Preference for Treatment Over Incarceration; seemed to
teasingly hint that an important milestone had been reached.

However, his statement, "Regardless of how you try to explain to people it’s a ‘war on drugs
or a ‘war on a product,’ people see a war as a war on them," he said.
"We’re not at war with people in this country." raised the alert level
to Code Brown [that’s on the BS Scale]. Since war is an armed conflict
and we are not engaged in that with either drugs or a product, that
leaves people as the combatants and raises questions about what planet
the new drug czar is from.

I applaud
the trend towards healthcare rather than prosecution and incarceration.
I think that is long overdue but whatever kudos might have been awarded
have been eliminated with Mr. Kerlikowske’s comments on KUOW radio.

Click here to continue reading Mike Jones’s blog.

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Cops Say To Legalize Drugs

(The Huffington Post speaks to LEAP Executive Director Jack Cole, May 19, 2009)

President Obama drew a slew of criticism recently when he derisively dismissed a drug

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reform question during a town hall meeting. Here was the "crazy"
question that warranted such a disrespectful response:

"With over 1 out of 30 Americans controlled by the penal system, why
not legalize, control, and tax marijuana to change the failed war on drugs into a money making, money saving boost to the economy? Do we really need that many victimless criminals?" 

This was the top ranked question on Whitehouse.gov, and yet Obama treated the query as if it came from a pack of giggling stoners. The president chuckled,
"I don’t know what that says about the online audience…The answer is
no, I don’t think that is a good strategy to grow our economy."

As is so often the case when discussing the War on Drugs, the president
offered no proof of this claim. He doesn’t have to. The room applauded,
while laughing at his little joke. Stupid stoners. Always thinking
about their pot.

But what Americans may not know is that many former law enforcement officers have recently stepped forward to speak against the failed War on Drugs.

Click here to continue…

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LEAP
will be drawing attention in San Francisco this summer, courtesy of
volunteer Bill Dake.  2009 will be Bill’s third year organizing his
annual July 4th Freedom Road 5K and Jefferson Mile to benefit Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.  The Freedom Road Race is a great LEAP event, so if you’ll be in the San Francisco area on July 4 and would like to participate or volunteer, please click here for more details.  If you are unable to attend but would like to show your support for LEAP, virtual entry is open to everyone and includes a commemorative Freedom Road 2009 t-shirt featuring Lady Justice.  All proceeds from the collectible t-shirts sold will benefit LEAP, and they’re selling fast, so get yours today!

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Finally, please set aside the dates for the 2009 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, which LEAP is co-hosting along with Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, the ACLU, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy, among others.  This year’s conference will be held November 11-14, 2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  

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